Michael Huesemann | AIChE

Michael Huesemann

Senior Staff Research Engineer

Dr. Michael Huesemann has conducted both experimental and theoretical research in environmental and marine biotechnology for more than twenty years. Dr. Huesemann currently is or has been the principal investigator on numerous major federal and corporate funded research projects focusing on climate change mitigation technologies and biofuels production, which include topics such as lipid synthesis by microalgae for biodiesel and jet biofuel production, fermentation of seaweed to ethanol and other transportation fuels, photosynthetic hydrogen production, biofixation of carbon dioxide from flue gases by marine microalgae, and the effects of ocean carbon sequestration on the nitrogen cycle. Prior to his work on renewable biofuels, Dr. Huesemann conducted research on the bioremediation and phytoremediation of soils and sediments contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, PAHs, and PCBs, which also included an extensive study of bioavailability limitations due to aging. In addition, Dr. Huesemann has published peer-reviewed journal articles on the metabolic regulation of solvent production in anaerobic fermentations, the modeling of the leaching kinetics of hydrocarbons in aged soils, statistical soil sampling, critical analyses of mitigation responses to global climate change, environmental policy analysis, sustainable development, and professional ethics. For more than 15 years, he also provided technical support to DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in the areas of advanced environmental and atmospheric monitoring technologies, carbon cycle measurements and biological carbon sequestration (ca. $5MM/year).